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Golf Silhouettes

Every now and then I try something different as a way of extending my photography. I was out on the South Downs earlier this week, looking to see if any birds of prey were about. It was quiet so I ended up walking along a path that runs down part of a local golf course. The sun was fairly low, and there was a faint haze; but a group of golfers on a distant hill gave me what I needed. It made a change not to be chasing birds and worrying about shutter speed. For these I could turn it all down and take my time. I dialled in a little negative exposure compensation to kill the foreground (keep it nice and black) and then just let the light do its thing.

golfers silhouette

golfers silhouette

golfers silhouette

So just a short sequence while one of them played a shot and they set off down the course. It’s visually so simple, but the outlines were strong, and the light I think makes it.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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Morning Light and a stoat-ally special surprise

The weather is holding good. It’s mild, and today the early mists were being beaten back by some beautiful sunshine. Good light makes all the difference to taking photos, especially of common subjects such as these ducks. Each makes a slightly different use of the light, though my favourite is the silhouette.

Duck on rock

white duck landing

duck silhouette

As the sun rises the light loses its quality, but it was still provided some nice illumination of a young rat scrabbling over the rocks.

rat

rat

The really special moment came later in the day, with the sun high. I was back at the pond, but for a change looked out into the surrounding fields. At the edge of the woodland fringe a sharp movement caught my eye. As a startled rabbit ran out to safety in the field I spotted a stoat darting through the thick brush. These aren’t the best shots of a stoat, but I see stoats so rarely that I’m not going to leave them out.

Stoat

Stoat

Stoat

Stoat

Stoat

The entire sighting was over in about 8 seconds. Naturally I stayed glued to the spot in case it reappeared, but it wasn’t to be. Wonderful to see though.

Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.

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